Sep 152004
 
Authors: Nicholas LoFaro

Colorado has been lucky to have rock ‘n’ roll names such as

Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident and Big Head

Todd put the West on the music map, but rarely has Colorado been

glorified for its hip-hop.

Hailing from Colorado Springs, Black Pegasus has set out to

change that. Black Pegasus and an entourage of great local talent

graced the Aggie Theatre Friday for an evening of underground

greatness. Black Pegasus spoke about his views, experiences and

future endeavors as an up-and-coming artist from Colorado.

The Collegian: What is your outlook on the current flow and

state of the art of hip-hop?

Black Pegasus: It’s always crazy, so I can’t really say where

it’s going to go, but on the commercial level there’s a lot more

underground hip-hop that’s been in the mainstream like Jay-Z and

Nas and Eminem being really big, but when it accelerates it becomes

pop music and it will always be like that. The underground scene is

big, people come out and support shows, we’re all selling records.

It’s really good right now, but everything could always be a little

bit better. I’d love to get on the radio, but it’s all good. I have

a pretty positive outlook on it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot

of stuff I see that I don’t agree with; you see a lot of music

being recycled. It’s not the greatest state of hip-hop, but that’s

just how it is. I’m not bitter. I’ll just keep doing my thing.

What is the beauty, the coolest thing about being part of an

underground music community?

BP: With the underground and being independent, the main thing

is just having the freedom to do what you want and having freedom

with your music. With every good, there is a bad, though. When

you’re an underground artist, it’s really hard to get your music to

the masses, and anyone that makes music would like to get their

music to the masses in the long run. It’s kind of a war with

yourself because you try to stay on point artistically, but you

also want to grow with the years because without change, you’re not

going to accelerate. Groups like Dilated Peoples, Outkast and Black

Eyed Peas have all come from the underground and some people are

really critical about that kind of drastic change, but, you know,

they are all very innovative and just learned how to make music for

the masses and they’ve all done something a lot different.

What is your lyrical inspiration?

BP: When I was younger, like 14, I listened to a lot of Biggie,

Method Man and Wu Tang. N.W.A. and Ice Cube were my hardcore West

Coast influence. Now I just build with my peers and keep a

competitive edge. I listen to a lot of new stuff, but I want to

come out of left field and be original. New to the game is Master

Ace, and his new album is incredible, but I try not to be the same

old underground sound. I want to be Black Pegasus from Colorado and

that’s how I’m going to come out.

Are any global issues affecting or influencing what you write

about?

BP: On my last record, “My Album Ain’t Done Yet,” I touched on

some politics and racial profiling, but I’m not really a

politically charged guy, but I realize how it affects our lives and

my life. I emphasize ideas of revolution, but with the war,

everybody knows or should know what’s going on and I’d rather

create music to ease the minds and identify with them. The Accumen

and I have done rallies and concerts promoting awareness and that’s

where we voice our opinions, but not always in our music. It’s just

that, so much of what I see in music is politically charged, like

the new Green Day album is totally political and that’s good, but

there has to be a balance.

What are your future goals as an artist?

BP: Well, I have a new album dropping this fall and it’s going

to get national distribution so that’ll take us to a new level. My

main focus is trying to get the state of Colorado behind us. We’ve

broken through to Fort Collins, Boulder and Colorado Springs but

what we want is to get Denver and all of Colorado to support Brass

Knuckle Entertainment as a unit and help build our budget to get us

to a national level. I could move to L.A. or New York or Atlanta,

but that’s not what I want to do; I want to build it in Colorado.

“Knuckle Up,” my new album, is going to be a stronger organized

national push.

Best concert experience ever?

BP: You know who has the best show that I had the greatest time

at, was Method Man and Redman. They’re ridiculous live! They got

their underground, classic songs, their new commercial club songs.

They got girls on stage and they’re so funny.

Future and upcoming shows?

BP: Lloyd Banks at the Boulder Theater on Sept. 27, which will

be one of the bigger shows. We’re doing a couple shows with Mobb

Deep, it’s been real cool.

Outbox:

Check out Black Pegasus at the Boulder Theater on Sept. 27.

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